Become a Police Officer

Do you want to do something worthwhile? Are you looking for a career that provides new and challenging situations daily? The Greenville Police Department is the place for hard-working men and women who thrive on challenges. There is no doubt that this can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also the most rewarding career you will ever have. Every day when you put on your uniform, you will go to work making life safer and more secure for your friends and neighbors.
  1. Hiring Requirements
  2. Hiring Process
  3. Training
To be considered for employment, all applicants must, at a minimum: 

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid South Carolina driver's license
  • Have not had a driver's license suspension during the last 5 years for DUI; leaving the scene of an accident; reckless homicide; or involuntary manslaughter
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or domestic violence
  • Have never been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a misdemeanor carrying a possible sentence of more than 1 year
  • Have not defaulted on a student loan
  • Have a good credit history

Now Hiring! | How to Apply

The application for Police Officer is currently open to all interested applicants. 

**Application opening extended**

The application period will close for all applicants on April 26, 2019.  All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. on this date.  

Who May ApplyApplication Opening DatesApplication Link
Lateral officers onlyMarch 18-April 26, 2019Apply Here
All interested applicantsApril 1-26, 2019Apply Here

When you apply, make sure you have:

  • Contact information for 5 references (3 professional/2 personal)
  • Job history with supervisor contact information for the past 10 years
  • Information regarding active duty/military service (if applicable)
  • Every city/state/county you have resided in since age 16

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Starting Salary

Minimum Qualification
Hourly Rate
Annual Salary
(based on 43-hr week)
High school diploma

 Associate's degree

Qualified veteran


Bachelor's/Master's degree

Lateral/sworn officers

Salary based on prior experience and formal training
Language Incentive

Add 1 step after completion of training

Download GPD Pay Scale


  • All new officers are full-time employees of the City of Greenville and receive their full salary and benefits during training and while attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  
  • Required uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost to officers
  • Take-home car after successful completion of Field Training Program
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 per fiscal year for approved undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Employee Heath Center
  • Free visits with a nurse practitioner at the Employee Health Center
  • Comprehensive insurance & benefits plan
  • Family/medical leave
  • Military leave
  • Longevity bonuses paid every 5th year
  • 28-year state retirement with pension
  • Supplemental elective 401k/457k
  • Retirement planning
  • 11 (8-hour) holidays per year
  • Annual leave time as follows:
    • 1st year of employment: 13 days
    • 2nd through 10th years: 18 days
    • 11th through 20th years: 23 days
    • 21st year and beyond: 28 days